A special combination of tonewood and versatile electronics.

As a manufacturer Fender strive to make sure great wood gets turned into premium Fender instruments and into the hands of players. Not only are they dedicated to conscientious sourcing of tone wood to craft their instruments, they’re constantly searching for alternate woods and materials, including rescuing wood that otherwise may have languished on the forest floor.

A departure from Fender’s traditional tone wood choices, the 2017 Limited Edition American Elite Mahogany Tele Thinline tempers the traditional Tele bite with the rich sound and warm look of mahogany. Over the course of its journey from the forest floor to the player’s hands, this body wood has weathered natural disasters, acquiring more than a little mojo along the way.

The 2017 Limited Edition American Elite Mahogany Tele Thinline is loaded with a single 4th Gen Noiseless single-coil Telecaster bridge pickup and a fat-sounding ShawBucker Special Wind humbucking neck pickup (coil-splittable via the S-1 switch) for noise-free, high-output tone.

The Elite Suspension Bridge is a unique design; a screwless mount increases the vibration transfer, driving the top for nearly endless sustain and lively response. The compound-profile neck sports a 9.5 in.-14 in. compound-radius maple fingerboard, ideal for most playing styles, and topped by 22 medium jumbo frets for a familiar feel.

With its one-of-a-kind sound and style, the 2017 Limited Edition American Elite Mahogany Tele Thinline is a rare, inspiring example of Fender’s craftsmanship. Includes hardshell case.


Body shape: Single cutaway 
Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body 
Body material: Solid wood 
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Rescued Hurricane Mitch Honduran Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss Polyurethane 
Orientation: Right handed 
Neck shape: Modern C
Neck wood: Figured Maple, Compound Back Shape 
Joint: Bolt-on 
Scale length: 25.5 in. 
Truss rod: Standard 
Neck finish: Satin Urethane
Material: Maple
Radius: Compound 
Fret size: Medium jumbo 
Number of frets: 22 
Inlays: Dot 
Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm) bone 
Configuration: SH 
Neck: ShawBucker 1T
Middle: Not applicable 
Bridge: 4th Generation Noiseless
Brand: Fender 
Active or passive pickups: Passive 
Series or parallel: Series 
Piezo: No 
Active EQ: No 
Special electronics: Special 500K/250K combo pot on Volume Control 
Control layout: Master volume, tone, S-1 Switch for Coil Splitting the Neck Pickup 
Pickup switch: 3-way 
Coil tap or split: No 
Kill switch: No 
Bridge type: Fixed 
Bridge design: New Elite Suspension Bridge
Tailpiece: Not applicable 
Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed 
Color: Nickel/chrome 
Number of strings: 6-string 
Special features: Tonewoods, Limited Edition Neck Plate 
Case: Hardshell case 
Accessories: None